On Friday, a day after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee to address Dr. Ford’s allegation that while she and Kavanaugh were in high school, Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a party, the dean of Yale Law School has called on the Senate to postpone a vote on the nominee’s confirmation.
Kavanaugh attended Yale Law School. In fact, one of the most recent allegations of sexual assault against the nominee was made by a woman who attended Yale with him as an undergraduate. On Friday, Dean Heather Gerken called for further investigation into the sexual assault allegations before the Senate votes on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Gerken wrote, “I join the American Bar Association in calling for an additional investigation into the allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh. Proceeding with the confirmation process without further investigation is not in the best interest of the court or our profession.”
Yale Law School posted the Dean’s statement on Twitter writing, “Dean Gerken Joins the ABA in Calling for Further Investigation.”
Dean Gerken Joins the ABA in Calling for Further Investigation. pic.twitter.com/SYAsVHwsi7
— Yale Law School (@YaleLawSch) September 28, 2018
Thursday night, after both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh testified before the committee, the American Bar Association (ABA) called for an investigation into the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. The letter was sent to Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
ABA President Bob Carlson called on the committee to delay a vote on Kavanaugh until after the FBI has conducted a thorough investigation. Carlson wrote, “We make this request because of the ABA’s respect for the rule of law and due process under law.”
The letter continued, “The basic principles that underscore the Senate’s constitutional duty of advice and consent on federal judicial nominees require nothing less than a careful examination of the accusations and facts by the FBI.”
Spokesman for the White House, Raj Shah, responded to the ABA’s request simply by noting, “The ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary is separate and independent from its parent organization and has rated Judge Kavanaugh unanimously well-qualified. That hasn’t changed.”
The White House and Senate Republicans have given no indication that they have any intention of slowing their frenzied effort to seat Kavanaugh immediately at any cost.